If you’re given a chance to wipe out your memory, would you do it? If the technology exists, would you jump on the chance to start anew by forgetting the life you’ve build thus far?
The male lead in Eden of the East, Takizawa Akira, chose to erase his memory to forget about unhappy encounters he had. He didn’t only do it once but twice. He’s in such a despair that he doesn’t want to remember anything even though he has friends like Morimi Saki, the female lead, who will be there for him.
Memory is such a funny thing, really. It’s not something that we can see or touch and yet it’s a huge part of our lives. Memory plays a role in our academic lives, social lives…actually, in all aspects of our lives. Unfortunately, sometimes it doesn’t work the way we want it to work. It makes us remember the things we want to forget, and makes us forget the things we want to remember! Frustrating.
So, to see the character Akira has the choice to completely wipe out his memory without putting much effort is tempting. I’m not saying I have things I desperately try to forget. Let’s put it this way – should the option of completely wiping out memory is available, I’m sure the option of completely remembering everything will be available. Then, we have the choice to forget and remember certain parts of us.
Parts of us…While memory isn’t a tangible thing, it’s an integrate part of who we are. It’s something we hold dear without even realizing it, especially the happy memories. Look at Akira, for instance. He is such an odd character. He chose to forget who he was and yet, he eagerly pursued his forgotten memories.
Now, it’s interesting that while some other Seleção had experienced much worse than Akira, they never choose to forget what happened to them. Why?
Here’s what I believe – I believe that what we experienced so far in life is what makes us who we are. It’s important to remember the happy moments as well as the sad days because when all these experiences combined, they make a unique you.
Once again, I’ll leave you with the question I asked earlier in this post – if you’re given a chance to wipe out your memory, would you do it?